Welcome to Myers Hall!
Myers Hall is a unique first-year community of approximately 420 residents. As the shortest and longest residence hall at Drexel, the shape of our hall is often the first thing you might notice about Myers. However, the secret of Myers is our close-knit community, created not only by architecture, but also by the special presence of our College Learning Communities. While all first-year students can choose to live in Myers, the building is also home to these six distinct communities:
- LeBow College of Business Learning Community
- College of Engineering Learning Community
- iSchool Learning Community
- Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Learning Community
- College of Nursing and Health Professions Learning Community
- Liberty Scholars Learning Community
If you are a member of one of these learning communities, you benefit from the relationships you experience living and studying with other students who are also enrolled in your same college, or share a similar major. Together you can help each other as you complete homework assignments and projects, and prepare for tests. As a learning community member, you will benefit from attending events with guest speakers from your industry, or social events that lead you and your friends into Philadelphia and beyond.
If you live in Myers, but are not a part of one of these specific communities, never fear! Being a member of the Myers community is a rich experience regardless. The hall environment allows you to meet neighbors who live in and around your wing, but all over the building. You will meet students who range in backgrounds and interests, discovering the many faces that make Drexel and Myers a special place to be.
History of the Myers Hall Community
Myers Hall opened in the late 1970s, but did not receive its namesake until June of 1984. Myers Hall is named for alumnus and Interim President of Drexel University, Mr. Harold Myers. Prior to his presidential service, Mr. Myers served over fifty years at Drexel in a variety of administrative roles including Instructor of Cooperative Education and Senior Vice President.
Staff at the Myers Hall Community
As you navigate the first few terms of college, there is a highly trained staff here to assist you in your transition. Here’s a little bit to know about the different faces you will see:
Alyssa Garnich has served as the Resident Director (RD) of Myers Hall since July 2011, and hails from Bucks County, PA. She holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology, with a focus in College Student Personnel, from James Madison University. Alyssa’s role is to supervise the Residential Desk Coordinators (RDCs) and the Resident Assistants (RAs) of Myers, as well as create opportunities for learning and development for all residents and staff. In addition, Alyssa serves as the Assistant Director of Residential Living for Organizational Management. She has worked in higher education as a professional and/or graduate student for over 5 years, with additional experience in Career Counseling and Development. She enjoys getting to know the unique and diverse residents of Myers and can often be seen in the lobby imitating Kristen Wiig SNL characters, discussing music, the recent performance of Philadelphia sports teams, or the latest movie/TV show. Alyssa is very dedicated to her role as a resource and student advocate, so be sure to get to know her!
Residential Desk Coordinators
These staff members will be the faces you see most often at the front desk. The Residential Desk Coordinators (RDCs) are full-time professional staff members who coordinate front desk operations and supervise the student Desk Assistants. Our RDCs answer questions, ensure the safety and security of the building by monitoring access and addressing facility issues, and help develop community within the hall. They will get to know you on a first-name basis! Be sure to get to know your RDCs: Carly Badke, originally from Florida, is the daytime RDC (7am-4pm) and has worked here in Myers since September 2010. Shanele Beattie, hailing from right here in Philadelphia, is the evening RDC (2pm-11pm) and joined the Myers team in June 2011. Both Carly and Shanele are graduate students in the Higher Education master’s degree program here at Drexel.
Student Desk Assistants and Public Safety
Student Desk Assistants and Drexel Public Safety officers provide service at the Myers Hall front desk in the overnight hours during weekdays, as well as the entirety of weekends. These individuals are available to assist you with many of the same needs you have during the week. If you are looking for a work study position, it never hurts to ask if the desk is hiring – we are always looking for more friendly faces!
Myers Hall has 10 Resident Assistants, or RAs, here to assist you. Each wing of the building is covered by a different RA, and each RA has approximately the same amount of residents in their community. RAs are highly-trained and knowledgeable campus leaders who are here to ensure that your first year in college is productive and enjoyable. They can assist you in understanding what it means to be a college student, how to be successful as you start your time here at Drexel, and learn about living on your own. They get to know you, and help you get to know others in your community by holding events on the floor and out in the city. Either in one-on-one or group settings, they build community, and make the residence hall your “home away from home”. RAs are also important leaders in the community in responding to crisis incidents, assisting with interpersonal conflicts, and ensuring that you are informed of important campus news, policies, and events.
Traditions and Getting Involved
In addition to learning community events and traditions that take place in Myers, there are some fun and engaging traditions and events that have taken place for the entire building in past years such as:
Drexel University is committed to being one of the most civically engaged colleges in the nation, and Myers Hall staff and residents work hard towards this goal. In collaboration with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, Myers Hall staff and residents are committed to non-profit educational organizations in the Philadelphia area. Staff and residents plan direct service opportunities, reflect on the larger urban issues related to Education, and raise funds for area organizations, such as Mantua Haverford Community Center, an after-school program in close proximity to campus. Speak with a staff member if you are interested in getting involved!
Traditionally held once or a few times a year, the hall hosts an open-mic night for Myers residents and their friends to show their skills as budding performers. Have a unique talent to share? Know a song you can sing? Mic Myers is the place to show it off.
Thanksgiving Dinner and Community Barbeques
Once per term, the entire community is invited to a free hall-wide meal, which usually centers around the seasons. In the fall, the Myers community celebrates Thanksgiving. In the winter, we have been known to have movie nights with fun snacks when you don’t want to venture outside in the cold. In the spring, Myers held planned and impromptu barbeques, taking advantage of the grills located in our courtyard.
Myers Hall Council
Getting involved in the Myers Hall Council (MHC) is a great way to develop leadership skills, make new friends, plan fun events, and advocate for your fellow residents. Myers Hall Council has been known to sponsor several events each term. In addition, the MHC plans and supports Civic Engagement initiatives and holds a Myers Hall t-shirt design contest each year.